Silversea Luxury Cruises A Fukuoka

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Excursions depuis Fukuoka

Highlights of Fukuoka

Explore the highlights of Fukuoka, the largest city on Japan's southern island of Kyushu and once home of the samurai. The original Hakata sector had its glory days as a castle town, acting as a gateway to Japan from the rest of Asia. Today, Fukuoka is the terminus of the famous Shinkansen Line bullet train from Tokyo.


Yusentei Garden

Departing the pier, a 30-minute drive will take you to Hakata and Yusentei Park. Its centre piece is a graceful villa built in 1754 for Tsugutaka Kuroda, the 6th feudal lord of Fukuoka. In 1980, the city restored the building and recreated Yusentei into a beautiful landscaped garden, earning it the title "Scenic Beauty of Fukuoka City" in 1998. Take a stroll through this atmospheric garden and enjoy an inside visit to the villa (shoes have to be removed to enter).


Leave Yusentei Park and continue on your drive to the Kushida Shrine.


Kushida Shrine

Founded in 758, the Kushida Shrine located in the heart of ancient Hakata, is one of Fukuoka's best-known shrines. A huge gingko tree, said to be 1,000 years old, shades the forecourt. The shrine honours the grand deity, Ohata Nushina-mikoto, and was built during the Heian period for the common people. Today, it is a popular venue for the annual Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival, which culminates with a

famous summer race. Various exhibits include artefacts recovered from the harbor.


Hakata Machiya Folk Museum

Next, proceed on foot to the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum also located on the shrine grounds. The museum offers a look at life and culture of Fukuoka in the Meiji and Taisho periods, with focus on urban houses of that era. Exhibits showcase local traditions and demonstrations feature hand crafting.


Following your visit, a sightseeing drive will take your through the city and to the Fukuoka Tower.


Fukuoka Tower

Built in 1989 as a monument of the Asian Pacific EXPO, the 768-foot-high (234-metre-high) tower is one of the tallest seaside towers in Japan. An elevator will whisk you up 403 feet (123 metres) to the observation deck, from where you can enjoy a 360 degree, panoramic view of the entire Fukuoka city.


Rejoin the coach for the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven terrain. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Kyushu Bullet train to Kumamoto Castle tour

Experience a ride on Japan's famous Shinkansen or Bullet Train to Kumamoto, a prosperous castle town from the 17th to the 19th century, and home to one of the most beautiful castles in the country, as well as a renowned traditional garden.


Bullet Train Ride

From the pier, a 30-minute transfer will bring you to the Hakata Station. Here, board the Bullet Train, known not only for high speed but also for its high standard of safety and comfort. A trip with reserved seating will whisk you in 40 minutes south of Fukuoka to the town of Kumamoto. Upon arrival at the station, proceed by coach to the town's premier attraction, Kumamoto Castle.


Kumamoto Castle

Located at a hilltop, with its dark and majestic towers looming over the city, Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three most famous castles in Japan, as well as the focal point of the city and a must-see attraction. Despite being extremely well fortified, many of the original buildings were burned down during the Seinan Civil War of 1877. The current keep is a reconstruction from 1960, with additional restoration work carried out in 2007. The four-storey castle contains a museum, displaying items that illustrate Kumamoto's history and featuring a collection of weapons, armour and furniture of the Edo era. Some restoration of various buildings is still ongoing.


Following your visit, rejoin the coach and proceed to a local restaurant for lunch.


Suizenji Gardens

After lunch, a short drive will take you to the second most important attraction of Kumamoto city, the interesting and much visited Suizenji Gardens. The traditional gardens are noted for their miniature landscapes, a temple and small lakes inhabited by large, multi-coloured carp. Enjoy walking around pathways bordered by trees and mini hills that offer a feel of countryside in the middle of the city.

There are a variety of shops in case you feel like taking back a souvenir item.


From here, your tour returns you to the train station, where you will once more experience a Bullet Train ride back to Fukuoka-Hakata station. A transfer coach is standing ready to drive you to the port.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of uphill and downhill walking, with approximately 157 steps to reach the top of the castle. The castle is a four-storey building with no lift. It is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Full Day Bullet train to Kokura

Experience a ride on Japan's famous Shinkansen or Bullet Train to the ancient feudal castle town of Kokura and visit the town's most famous sites, Kokura Castle and Japanese style gardens. For centuries Kokura has enjoyed a prominent location guarding the Straits of Shimonoseki, which has greatly advanced the prosperity of the town.


Bullet Train Ride

From the pier, a 30-minute transfer will bring you to the Hakata Station. Here, board the Bullet Train, known not only for high speed but

also for its high standard of safety and comfort. Following a 20-minute ride, you will arrive at Kokura station, where a coach awaits for the transfer to Kokura Castle.


Kokura Castle

The 15th-century castle was built by Hosokawa Tadaoki of the Ogasawara clan but was destroyed by fire in 1865 during the war between the Kokura and Choshu clans. The five-storey castle tower was reconstructed in 1959 similar to its original architectural design, while other parts of the castle were fully restored in 1990. Today, the interior houses a fine museum spread over several floors. During your visit you can view exhibits that provide insight to the history and culture of the castle town of Kokura. To reach the building's top floor requires climbing 128 steps.


Kokura Castle Japanese Gardens

Leaving the castle, take a 10-minute stroll to the castle gardens, which have been recreated on the original site and opened to the public in 1998. The serene, Japanese style gardens contain a genuine samurai mansion, which used to serve as a castle annex. Together they combine to make one aesthetic unit. Take a walk around the grounds and enter the mansion's tatami room, where you will be presented with a short demonstration of a tea ceremony and enjoy a cup of Japanese tea.


Following your visit to the castle gardens, proceed on foot to a local hotel for lunch. After lunch, commence an approximate 1.5- to 2-hour coach drive that will return you to the port at Fukuoka.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of uphill and downhill walking, with approximately 128 steps to reach the top of the castle. The castle is a five-storey building with no lift. It is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Discover how the port city and people of Nagasaki overcame and memorialised their World War II destruction during this unforgettable sightseeing excursion to Peace Memorial Park from Fukuoka.


Peace Memorial Park

Depart the pier for the brief drive to Peace Memorial Park. On August 9, 1945, Nagasaki became the second city to suffer a nuclear attack. Peace Memorial Park is home to a beautiful memorial fountain, and statues donated from countries around the world, leading to the 30-foot-high (9.7-metre-high) Statue of Peace. In the centre of the park is a flame which is to be kept burning until there are no more nuclear weapons on earth.


Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Ground Zero

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. The museum chronicles the events leading up to the bombing, and several well-designed exhibits against nuclear proliferation. It also offers a look at what Nagasaki was like just before the explosion, photographs taken in the city immediately after the atomic blast and artefacts that survived the explosion. A visit is also made to the Atomic Bomb Hypocentre, or 'Ground Zero'. A monument marks the centre of the atomic blast that levelled the city.


Urakami Cathedral and Torii Gate (pass by, exterior view)

Following your visit, re-board the coach for the brief drive back to the pier. En route, pass by the Urakami Cathedral, the magnificent church rebuilt after collapsing from the force of the atomic bomb, and the Torii Gate, a leg of which was blown away by the atomic bomb.\


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 750 yards (about 686 metres) over three hours. There are a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and approximately 70 steps at the Atomic Bomb Museum and Hypocentre. This tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or those with limited mobility. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine & Kyushu National Museum

Discover important cultural facts during this half-day outing to Dazaifu, the former capital of Kyushu and site of Japan's fourth largest museum, as well as the Tenmangu Shrine, sacred to the memory of "the god of learning". From Fukuoka port, a 40-minute drive will take you to the town of Dazaifu for a visit to the Kyushu National Museum.


Kyushu National Museum

The museum, featuring very distinct modern architecture, was recently rebuilt for the first time in 108 years and opened to rave reviews for its design, collections and world-class innovative direction, focusing on the rich history and cultural exchange between the region and Asia. The vast, eye-catching building features double skin glass walls and a roof that conjures up rolling hills. The museum's concept strongly emphasises the shaping of Japan's culture from a historical Asian perspective, based on Kyushu's close ties to Asia. During your visit you can view a large number of important cultural assets. Exhibits on the first floor include a hands-on learning facility, allowing visitors to put on ethnic costumes and play traditional musical instruments from Asian countries.


Following your visit, walk to the nearby Tenmangu Shrine, passing a variety of stalls selling local specialties on your approach of the colourful shrine gate.


Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

The shrine is the first and most important of several hundred shrines built and dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, an influential scholar and politician of the Heian period, who is often referred to as "the god of learning". The site is busy all through the year with a lot of visitors praying for success in exams and academic achievements.


Leaving the Tenmangu Shrine, rejoin the coach and conclude your outing with the 40-minute drive back to the port.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 2 hours at the National Museum and Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. It is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Silver Shore Privato - Fukuoaka by Private Car with Driver & Guide - Half-Day

Explore Fukuoaka at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Silver Shore Privato - Fukuoaka by Private Car with Driver & Guide - Full Day

Explore Fukuoaka at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Silver Shore Privato - Fukuoaka by Private Van with Driver & Guide - Half Day

Explore Fukuoaka at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Silver Shore Privato - Fukuoaka by Private Van with Driver & Guide - Full Day

Explore Fukuoaka at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

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